FILM FIGHTING WEEKENDER

HOBART, AUSTRALIA: Sat 25th & Sun 26th February 2023

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Sat 25th & Sun 26th March 2023

A unique experience of Film Fighting for Actors over a full weekend, culminating in a filmed fight scene. Taught by one of Australia’s most respected Fight Directors, Lyndall Grant: at Melbourne’s exciting new Virtual Production Studio, Dreamscreen Australia; and at Hobart’s dynamic Arts facility, Kickstart Arts.

Heath Ivey-Law and Rob Fragnito. Source Artemis. Director: Jason Hooker, Cinematographer: Matthew Nguyen.

WHAT IS IT?

This is an exciting training event designed specifically for actors: empowering you with the tools to perform fights for screen safely, effectively and with dramatic impact... while spending a weekend working with exhilarating action and performance.

Abigail Benard and Madeleine Lesley. Real Joy. Director: Simon Cahn, PULSE FILMS

Film fights are usually the ‘big number’ scenes – climactic, enthralling and commonly ending up on the trailers. However they can carry the risk of genuine injury if not handled correctly, and as such filming them can become stressful or fraught. On the other hand, well-handled fight shoots can offer both cast and crew opportunities for huge satisfaction, dynamism and creativity – and the actors really get to stretch into every part of their physical, mental and emotional performance. For this to be achieved, knowing how to reliably perform moments of action and fight safely and repeatedly is crucial.

Adam Bosell. Jett. Director: Dia Taylor, TAYMAYNARI PRODUCTIONS. Photo: Matt Hrkac.

While any moment involving significant risk or specialist skills should be carried out by Stunt Performers, actors can perform a large amount of fight action incredibly effectively themselves given the right training and direction. The benefit of this is that the actor can continue portraying the character’s journey throughout the sequence, and without needing to ‘hide’ a stunt performer’s face using camera angles or CGI. And, yes another benefit is that it’s also incredibly fun.

This course will give you a solid foundation in performing unarmed combat for camera as an actor – the techniques, the performance, and above all how to keep yourself safe.

Nadia Sohawon and Barra Collins. Superhumans. Director/Cinemetographer: Leila Sohawon. SOHAWON SISTERS

DAY ONE will be our Skills Day, where we break down the techniques for the illusion of combat and gain an understanding of key elements of fighting for camera, such as: working with camera angles, understanding your actions in different frames, finding marks and eyelines in dynamic action, developing awareness and control, and maintaining all of this craft while stringing choreography together. Threaded throughout we will be exploring acting and performance strategies for truthful story-telling, and will be highlighting the professional rigour and considerations needed to achieve your best work and the smoothest-running set.

DAY TWO will be our Shoot Day, where each participant will be part of a filmed Fight Scene. The scenes will be your chance the skills you have learned in action, and experience first-hand the physical, mental and emotional elements at play in performing these heightened scenes of conflict.

At the end of the workshop, students will have access to all of their footage for show reel material.

Successfully completing the course will give you the ability to handle standard fight scenes in the film industry; and will provide a foundation for further training for those who would like to advance their practice. You will improve your craft, movement ability and casting options; and spend a whole weekend with a group of like-minded creatives having a really good time.

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?

HOBART:

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2023.
10:00am to 6:30pm
KICKSTART ARTS CENTRE: St Johns Avenue, New Town, 7004

MELBOURNE:

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2023.
10:00am to 6:30pm
DREAMSCREEN AUSTRALIA: 77 Willandra Drive, Epping, 3076

WHO IS IT FOR?

This workshop is designed for actors – from those who would like to attain skills for their own repertoire and casting range, to those who are keen to specialise in fight action.

We also welcome stunt performers and those training towards stunt accreditation, however please note that this course does not give you specific stunt accreditation other than supporting your general body control and movement elements.

Crew and creatives are also most heartily welcome, if they’d like to gain an understanding of the work from an actor’s perspective!

Captivate actively supports diverse and equitable work- and learning-spaces. We also fiercely protect safe work- and learning-spaces for all of our participants. If you have any concerns or questions please get in touch with us.

DO I NEED ANY EXPERIENCE?

The course will cater to all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to seasoned performers – there will be something for you to take on at each stage of your training.  We also cater to all levels of physical fitness and abilities.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

COURSE FEES:

EARLY BIRD HOBART: $595 (register & finalise payment by 15th Jan 2023)
EARLY BIRD MELBOURNE: $595 (register & finalise payment by 15th Feb 2023)
CONCESSION: $635
STANDARD: $655


A deposit of at least 50% of your course fee is required to register your place. Places are confirmed only on completion of full payment, which we ask to finalise now later than two weeks prior to the workshop.

We accept online transfer, PayPal (3% additional fee) or Square Online (2.2% additional fee) payments, so let us know what is the easiest method of payment for you. Payment details are provided on the Course Registration form, and on email info sent out after registration.

HOW DO I JOIN IN?

Bookings are now open! Spots are very competitive as we have strict capacity limits and this course will sell out quickly, so register early to save your spot and get the Early Bird price. Just fill out the online registration form, and we will reply with your registration confirmation and payment confirmation.

SIGN ME UP

Make sure you get a confirmation that your registration form has gone through as soon as you SUBMIT. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, check your junk mail, and then send us an email.

Your registration is complete on receipt of your deposit, and your spot is confirmed on finalisation of all course fees. Payment details are provided on the Course Registration Form.

COVID-Safe Learning

The health and safety of our students, tutors, venue staff, all of our family and friends, and the wider community is absolutely vital. Captivate is dedicated to running this course strictly within the most up-to-date Government-advised COVID-Safe guidelines. This includes requiring that all participants at the workshop have full and up-to-date vaccination against Covid-19.

A complete account of the current policies will be given to all students shortly prior to the course commencement; and will include (but are not limited to) measures such as COVID declaration forms prior to arrival, the wearing of masks as appropriate, rigorous room cleaning, adequate ventilation, workshop content that facilitates social distancing throughout the session, and rigorous cleaning of all equipment used. Students and tutors will be asked to stay home if they have shown any signs related to a COVID-19 infection, and/or if they have been told to self-isolate by the DHS.

About your tutor:

Lyndall Grant

Lyndall is a Fight Director, Movement Director, actor and Motion Capture Specialist who works in Australia and Internationally for stage and screen.  She is a senior teacher and Management Committee member for the Society of Australian Fight Directors, and certified Dramatic Combat teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.  Lyndall currently teaches Stage Combat at the Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne) and 16th Street Actors Studio.  Lyndall trained as an actor as London’s ArtsEd School of Acting, before specialising in fight performance and physical performance.  She began working as a fight director in London in 2010. In 2013 Lyndall established Captivate Action Ltd. in the U.K., as the first company to specialise in training and performance in action and Motion Capture, and brought this company home to Australia in 2015.  Lyndall has been an actor and Movement Captain in Melbourne’s production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from its opening in 2019 until 2022.

Recent fight/movement directing credits include:  An American in Paris (GWB); Atlantis, The Return, Looking for Alibrandi, Because the Night, Cloudstreet (Malthouse Theatre);  As You Like It, Berlin, The Lifespan of a Fact, Torch the Place, Cosi, Storm Boy, The Violent Outburst that Lead Me To you, The Architect, The Lady in the Van, Hungry Ghosts, Vivid White, Macbeth, Minnie and Liraz, Melbourne Talam, Lillith the Jungle Girl, Straight White Men (Melbourne Theatre Company); Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia); Punk Rock (45 Downstairs); No Exemptions (Shift Theatre); Alice in Winterland, The Wind in the Willow, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston, U.K.); Lohengrin (Melbourne Opera). 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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